@Delred I agree with you that a thicker skin is a good thing on the internet.
But I want to add that the “freedom of speech” idea, meaning in a public space you can say whatever you want, wherever you want to whomever you want, is a concept mainly accepted and lived in the United States. In most other countries it means something slightly different: The right to voice your opinion without the fear to be punished for it, specifically in a political context, but not the right to say absolutly anything. Hate speech, defamination, threats, lies, things that offend the morality of the specific community and so on are under punishment or vorbidden in a lot of countries, in public and private spaces. People who are not from the United States often have a different view and a different opinion about “freedom of speech” than US cittizens, and that is why they are offended much faster by words, and have a different concept of decency when it comes to communication.
So while the “if words can hurt you you are not tough enough for the internet”-idea maybe something US citizens feel very comfortable with, citizens of most other countries are used to and often demand certain rules when communicating. This is by far not evidential, but you can see the behavior and style change in the global chat depending on the time zones. At US prime time you will see a completely different global than in EU prime time (generally speaking). If you want to know more about this differences in the point of view about “freedom of speech” in developed countries google about hate speech on facebook, and how Europe (esp. Germany) and the US try to come together regarding the censoreship and/or punishment for hate speech.
Also we should not forget, that neither the game nor this forum is a public space, it is a private space created by and owned by Funcom, so the company has every right to enforce rules to their liking. Actually, most of the spaces where more than 2 people communicate on the internet are not a public, but owned spaces, and if those spaces are censored or moderated is totally up to their owners.
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